As promised, YouTube Music now offers podcasts. Within the US, you possibly can launch the Android or iOS app to stream audio or video podcasts with out a Premium or Music Premium subscription. Exhibits will play within the background, and you’ll forged them to different units like audio system.
The function is reaching American customers “steadily,” YouTube says, so do not be shocked if you need to wait a short time to see the podcast part. The format is coming to different areas, though YouTube hasn’t offered a timeline. And earlier than you ask: paying members will nonetheless must take heed to host-read adverts.
The addition could seem odd when Google already has a Podcasts app. This unifies listening for YouTube Music subscribers, although — and, after all, theoretically entices you to enroll. This might make the app a extra viable various to Spotify when you’re paying for on-demand music and need all the pieces in a single place.
YouTube has been ramping up its podcast efforts throughout the board, together with an Discover web page for non-Music customers. Simply do not depend on the service producing a swath of originals like Spotify. The rival has dropped a few of its originals, and has been expanding distribution of Gimlet reveals to different platforms. The podcast business is not as sizzling because it as soon as was, even when there’s nonetheless loads of demand.